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Everyone should know the story of Irena Sendler

I saw this information today and was overwhelmed.

First, how could this woman have been so brave and so determined.

Second, why don’t we know about her??

Check out the website that chronicles her life and the actions that she took during the Holocaust. http://www.irenasendler.org

She is honored in the Jewish Virtual Library, even though she was Catholic.


This is the information that is circulating on the internet through the email. I never take anything at face value anymore, so I did a lot of research. Wow.
Irena Sendler
Died 12 May 2008 (aged 98)
Warsaw, Poland
During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a plumbing/sewer specialist.

She had an ‘ulterior motive’.

She KNEW what the Nazis’ plans were for the Jews (being German).

Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger children).

She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.

The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the infants’ noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 children/infants.
She was caught, and the Nazi’s broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents who may have survived it and to re-unite the families.

Most had been gassed. Those children she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She was not selected.

This is information from the website http://www.truthorfiction.com

The Truth:
The story of Irena Sendler is true. According to a website set up in her honor at http://www.irenasendler.org, she was not widely known until a series of events that started in Kansas in the U.S.A. in 1999.

A teacher in a rural Kansas town discovered a short magazine article that claimed that a Polish woman saved 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942 and 1943. He gave the story to four high school students and asked them to check it out. He said he’d never heard of the woman and speculated that the article may have gotten the facts wrong.

The students looked into the story and discovered that Irena Sendler was real, her story was accurate, and that she was still alive and living in Poland.

Sendler was a Catholic social worker during the 1940s who saw the handwriting on the wall for the Jews of Poland. She became concerned for the children in the Warsaw Ghetto, which was one of the largest ghettos of Jews established by the Nazis. The population of the Warsaw Ghetto dropped from 450,000 to about 70,000 people because of starvation, sickness, and tens of thousands of Jews deported to concentration camps and death.

Sendler convinced Jewish parents that their children were facing death either in the Ghetto or in concentration camps and offered to rescue them. She smuggled the children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and hid them in the homes of Poles who adopted them or in orphanages or convents. She made lists of the children’s names and family connections and hid them in jars in her garden so that someday she could find the children and tell them who they were.
Sendler was eventually discovered, arrested, tortured, and imprisoned by the Nazis. The Polish underground bribed a guard to let her escape and she spent the rest of the war in hiding.

The students in Kansas developed a performance titled Life In a Jar that tells the story of Irena Sendler. Those performances and the publicity that resulted have thrust the news about Irena Sendler around the world.

Updated 7/29/10

This story is too great and too important to leave alone.

Share it, let’s learn everything that we can from this amazing woman and her life.

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